Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)

Na Phra Lan Rd

Price: 400 THB
Working hours: from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Similar to the Grand Royal Palace, on whose grounds it is situated, the splendid Temple of the Emerald Buddha is one of the most visited places in Bangkok. This amazing construction, which stands to the north of the royal residence, simultaneously holds two titles: the main Buddhist temple of Thailand (and country’s most sacred place) and the most popular tourist attraction in its capital.

It was built in the late 18th century, intended to store the most revered Thai shrine – the statue of the Emerald Buddha - whom King Rama I worshiped. The 66 centimeter sculpture was supposedly created in the 15th century, yet no one knew its value for a long time because, according to legend, it was covered with protective layer of plaster, making it unremarkable to the casual observer at lease. Once, a piece of stucco broke off the figure and a green stone became visible under it. This was assumed to be an emerald and the statue was therefore called the Emerald Buddha, yet in fact it is made of Jadeite – a natural, green-colored mineral.

The statue repeatedly changed owners and locations for many years. It was moved from country to country and passed from one ruler to another, who strived to possess it, certain that it would attract good luck and strengthen their power. Soon, this amazingly beautiful statue became property of the King of Thailand, Rama I, and later the absolute symbol of royal power, as only the monarch is allowed to touch the shrine. It is one of his tasks is to dress the statue each season as while in the summer season, the Emerald Buddha wears a golden tunic adorned with gems, in the rainy season he is dressed in a golden cloak and in the cool season he wears a golden, enameled dress.

The temple, where the relict is kept, is also delightful in its appearance. The surrounding covered colonnade is adorned with scenes from Ramakien – the Thai analogue of the famous Indian epic, which is well-known in all of the neighboring countries with minimal changes to the narrative. The temple’s ceiling and walls are painted with amazing pictures, depicting Buddha’s journey through life. Its entrance is guarded by two bronze lions, which were brought by the King Rama I from Cambodia, as well as by statues of two fierce demons. In addition to these decorations, a royal pantheon, where the life-size statues of eight Thai monarchs have been erected, is situated on the premises of the temple.

Important! Visitors in shorts, short skirts and shirts with open shoulders will not be allowed into the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. There is a clothes renting station for those whose appearance doesn’t meet the requirements at the entrance.

Getting there. Get to the metro station Saphan Taksin and then walk to the Sathorn pier. Take a cutter (departures are every 20 minutes) from there to the Tha Chang pier, which situated near the Grand Royal Palace.

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สักการะพระแก้วมรกต เพื่อเป็นสิริมงคล

24.08.2017  
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Rafael

A beautiful temple inside the Grand Palace premises.

23.08.2017  
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MGM

Stunningly beautiful but crowded. Head here early to avoid the biggest crowds.

02.07.2017  
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อานนท์

ช่างกุญแจ เปิดกุญแจบ้าน เปิดกุญแจรถยนต์ เปิดตู้เซฟ สะเดาะกุญแจ ติดตั้งกุญแจทุกชนิด ทำกุญแจฝังชิฟ ติดตั้งกันขโมย ช่างมืออาชีพ ..0859446181..

30.06.2017  
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siang

Love this wat so much!

27.06.2017  
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Arnaldo

posto magico..sono d'accordo pero' con Christel ...turismo di massa terribile

24.06.2017  
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yilaxa

amazing place - emergency news of south jakarta city, please visit the blog : www.updatekisah.blogspot.co.id

08.06.2017  
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Ye

Very different style. Loved it.

05.06.2017  
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Anastasia

สวยงามมากและยอดเยี่ยม

27.04.2017  
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Ly Thuy

Plants vs Zombies 2 Characters in Real https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wmlGgsIZoQ

10.04.2017  
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photomuzik

装飾が素晴らしく見ていて飽きない。観光客がとても多いのと、入り口での服装チェックが厳しい。敷地の外に食事をする場所と両替所あり。

24.03.2017  
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Sasha

Все здесь пронизано буддизмом, жаль, что фото в храме запрещено.

23.02.2017  
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Sunny

быдловатые смотрители храма и вонь от ног. (((

07.02.2017  
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Fatma

Emerald Buddha'nin altin kiyafeti yaz, yagmur, kista degisiyor. Iceride dikkatlice bakin. Fotolardaki gibi dev bir Buddha beklemeyin. Ama saray buyuk. 500 Baht giris fiyati ama fazlasiyla deger.

06.02.2017  
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Chillax Resort

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29.01.2017  
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buruh

amazing! https://updatekisahku.wordpress.com/

23.01.2017  
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Torzin S

The most beautiful temple in Bangkok.

17.01.2017  
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: P

เข้าชมวัดแล้วก็ลองศึกษาประวัติพระแก้วมรกตดูว่าที่มาที่ไปเป็นอย่างไร มาจากที่ไหน

16.12.2016  
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Paula

Descobri aqui que não há foto que faça jus à ele. Você tem de vir e ver por si mesmo. As galerias de afrescos são uma boa pedida pra ir de prédio em prédio abrigando-se do sol.

15.12.2016  
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Merve YB

Gerçekten çok ilginç bir yer, mutlaka görülmeli. Giriş kişi başı 500 baht

11.12.2016  
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